AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Some teachers and support staff for the Amarillo Independent School District say their pay isn't enough for the hours they spend in and out of the classroom each day.
"Even though it might be slightly higher than some of the surrounding districts, considering our student size and the demographics of our city, it's in a lot of ways average. But, average doesn't always cut it," said Coronado Elementary Teacher and President of the Amarillo Education Association Aaron Phillips.
Phillips says the Amarillo Education Association is pushing for a three percent increase for teachers and a five percent increase for hourly employees.
"When students come in and have the full, well-rounded support that they may not even be getting at home, that's priceless," said Phillips. "The district needs to make sure we're paying a livable wage."
AISD School Board President, Jim Austin, said a three percent raise for teachers is highly unlikely at this point in time.
Austin said with a $2.6 million revenue loss due to the district losing approximately 500 students, they don't have the funds for that kind of an increase.
Austin said AISD's salary for teachers has remained competitive in comparison to other districts in our region.
The final 2018-2019 budget is still under review and will be voted on in June and take effect July 1st of this year.